Teacher Licensure & Support Services

In response to the information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas Tech is temporarily closed to the general public to help limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The essential functions of our office are continuing from remote locations. If we can assist you please contact us by email (dbell@atu.edu) or by phone (479-964-0583 extension 2350). 

Unfortunately, we can’t currently assist you with an Arkansas Educator Licensure System (AELS) background check. As soon as the campus opens to the public, we will resume assisting with AELS background checks.

Hopefully the closing will be short term and we can again assist you with all the functions of our office.

David Bell Director of Educator Licensure & Support Services

Teresa Auprey Administrative Specialist 

The mission of the Office of Teacher Education and Support Services is to provide accurate information, guidance, and support to educator preparation candidates as they matriculate through degreed programs that lead to Arkansas educator licensure.

The Office of Educator Licensure and Support Services provides a full range of services for students. The primary purpose is to assist students with requirements necessary to complete early field experiences, internships, and subsequently licensure. Responsiveness to students’ needs is a primary goal of this office. This office provides well-planned and organized procedures in the areas of requirements for early field experiences, entry into internship, professional licensure processing, and general information dissemination.

This office assists with teacher licensure by processing initial applications and add-ons, updating faculty licenses, verifying Arkansas licensure and program completion of persons applying for licensure in other states, and processing applications for and maintaining liaison with the Arkansas Department of Education. It provides Praxis information and transcript evaluations for individuals wishing to teach. Scholarship for education students is also available.

The Office of Educator Licensure and Support Services is located in Crabaugh 308. Please come visit us. This office provides assistance to Arkansas Tech students and alumni for all educator preparation programs.